Friday, August 14, 2009
Show and Tell: Blossom
Every summer, I look forward to this beautiful flower taking over my back patio.
When the first cold snap sets in, the plant dies back to brown twigs and there is nothing left but empty seed pods by the time Christmas comes.
And every spring, I find myself doubting that this magnificent plant will come back to life. But every year, it does...and it's bigger and better than the year before.
Some people know it as a "Moon Flower" because it only blooms at night, and others call it an "Angel Trumpet" because of its shape. I relate to both meanings--I'm a night owl, so I love that its shining moment is after the sun goes down. I love thinking of them as Angel Trumpets because of the abundance of blossoms that were on the plant last summer when I was on bed rest. I'd go out every night before going to bed, and I'd always feel a renewal of faith--that I had made it through one more day.
I will be sad when the blossoms start to whither in a few weeks...but maybe I've learned my lesson, and I'll have faith that they will be back next year. Bigger and better.
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